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Repair Woodpecker Damage | Holes in Cedar Wood Siding

Your home needs regular maintenance, but a real paint can be repair woodpecker damage due to holes in cedar wood siding caused by that beautiful winged creature.

Repair Woodpecker Damage and Holes

It’s amazing how much damage birds and insects can cause to a home’s cedar siding.  But if not attended to, it can become a much bigger issue.  So what do you do if you have woodpeckers causing holes in your cedar siding?  It’s not really that big of a deal.  Just fill the hole with a colored caulk (to match your siding color) or a clear caulk. If you don’t do this, other birds will biggy-back on that hole or carpenter bees, and make a bigger issue.  So get those holes caulked.

Replacing Woodpecker Damaged Siding

When do you need to take it to the next step?  When you have many cedar wood siding boards that have caulked holes, then you need to have a contractor come out and replace the boards altogether.  I’d suggest getting this done when you are doing your regular 5-7 year staining of your home.  That way, those boards you replaced don’t stick out like a sore thumb.  They would stand out because they are recently stained, and the rest of the home isn’t.

Give me a call at 815-260-6773.  I’d love to come out and look at your damaged wood siding and help you out. My team and I have been doing siding replacement for 30+ years in the Elmhurst, Plainfield, Lisle, Naperville, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove and all of Chicago area.

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Stain or Paint Front Door Video | How to Refinish Exterior Door

Only One Chance to Make a Good First Impression

Your mom was right:  you get only once chance to a good first impression.  Let me show you how to make your front exterior door look amazing with clarifying the confusion:  stain or paint front door?

Stain or Paint Front Door

That really depends on the type of door that you have.  To clarify, we are talking about the exterior of the front door. Let’s go over a few types of front doors:

  • Wood Front Door:  You can either paint or stain the front door
  • Steel Door:  You should paint the steel door
  • Fiberglass Door:  You can either paint or stain the fiberglass door

Proper Maintenance Schedule for Exterior Front Door

  • Wood Front Door:
    • Paint:  every 5-7 years
    • Stain:  every 2-3 years
  • Steel Front Door:
    • Paint:  every 5-7 years, sooner for darker colors
  • Fiberglass Door:
    • Stain & Varnish: every 2 years (before varnish fails)
    • Paint:  every 5-7 years

Maintenance Might Have to Be Adjusted

Keep in mind, if you have a storm door or a covered porch, this will help with the longevity of your front door because the door is protected from the outside elements.  If you have no protection or the front door gets direct sunlight, this maintenance schedule will be more frequent.

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Paint vs Stain Wood Siding – Which One Should You Apply to Your House?

Paint vs Stain Wood Siding – This video talks which one you should apply to your house siding, paint or stain. Make sure you have the right product applied to your home so that you don’t incur peeling or problems down the road.

Call our support team at 815-260-6773 and we can discuss your project today.  Mark and his team have been helping stain and paint house siding in the Wheaton, St Charles and surrounding Chicago suburbs for 30+ years.

Choosing Deck Stain Color Video

Choosing deck stain color can be a bit overwhelming.  You want to get the color just right.  In this video, Mark walks you through the process of how to read the deck stain charts.  Mark also discusses surrounding elements that appear to affect the stain color as well.

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Re-Stain Cedar Siding Maintenance Schedule Suggestion

Re-Stain cedar siding is something that needs to be done every 7-10 years.  What makes the span of time different for some homes? Mostly location, surroundings such as trees, weather elements that affect your house individually.  Insects, woodpeckers, and wind damage play a part too.  Mark’s video gives you a good maintenance schedule to follow.


Call our support team at 815-260-6773 and we can discuss your project today.  Our team with Mark have been servicing the Burr Ridge, Evanston, Lisle, Naperville, Warrenville, St. Charles and all Chicago for 30+ years.  We’d love to help you out with your wood cedar siding staining.